User Profile for GrimThunderbrew
Gregg Saruwatari
United States
Arroyo Grande
California
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Hey all,

My background in gaming started in sports, chess and card games such as poker and hearts. From there I went to video games- fighting games, RPG's and then RTS's and squad based FPS (and Magic: The Gathering). My love for MTG flourished right before the internet age as everyone had different decks and the variety was a ton of fun. I still enjoy MTG, but mostly Legacy as Legacy is the only format that captures the creativity and varied playing styles of the pre-internet age.

My introduction to strategy board gaming started with Pen and Paper RPG's (Dungeons and Dragons, Shadorun, Star Wars, Etc.), Settlers of Catan and Risk 2210AD. These were good as a social filler and I got my fill of competitive gaming from MTG. One of my friends that did board gaming introduced me to Race for the Galaxy and Citadels and I have been looking for awesome games ever since. These days I prefer my Strategy board games to be social, but also reward creativity and tight play.

My Rating scale is as follows:

10 - A favorite that I would recommend to almost anyone

9 - A great game that I will always suggest we play

8 - A great game that I will sometimes suggest, and will always play when someone else suggests

7 - A good game I will enjoy if nothing better is available

6 - Solid game design that I sometimes enjoy, sometimes not

5 - Solid game design I do not really care for

4 - Flawed but has some sort of redeeming quality

3 - Not fun to almost everyone

2 - the rare game that can't fit into 1 or 3

1 - players have no effect on outcome and/or design/components are unplayable

When I am looking for X I prefer to play Y:

Multiple plays per session:
Race for the Galaxy > Paperback > Magic The Gathering > Impulse

Worker Placement:
The Manhattan Project, Keyflower

Tableau:
RFTG

Economic:
Imperial 2030, Chicago Express or Pret-A-Porter

Auction:
Keyflower, Chicago Express

Civilization Building or 4x:
Eclipse

Area Control:
El Grande

Co-op/traitor:
Battlestar Galactica

2 player with the wife:
Race for the Galaxy > Castles of Burgundy

Double couples night:
Keyflower

Triple couples night:
Race for the Galaxy

Co-op:
Robinson Crusoe


Favorites by Player count:
2- Race for the Galaxy ADV
3- Impulse
4- Race for the Galaxy/Keyflower
5- Battlestar Galactica/RFTG
6- Battlestar Galactica w/ Daybreak
7- Battlestar Galactica w/ Daybreak
8- Cards Against Humanity



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User Details for GrimThunderbrew
Registration Date: 2011-10-07
Last Profile Update: 2015-06-29
Last Login: 2015-09-03
Country: flag United States
State: California
Town/City: Arroyo Grande
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Collection Summary for GrimThunderbrew
Board Game
Owned   73
Previously Owned   37
For Trade   5
Want In Trade   2
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   21
Preordered   3
Wishlist   3
Commented   209
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   255
Board Game Expansion
Owned   16
Previously Owned   8
For Trade   0
Want In Trade   0
Want To Buy   0
Want To Play   1
Preordered   0
Wishlist   0
Commented   25
Has Parts   0
Want Parts   0
All   33
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Sold
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Plays
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Trade Rating (6) Propose A Trade With This User
Ratings
Board Game Ratings 205
Average Rating 5.92
10 6   (2.9%)
9 4   (2.0%)
8 8   (3.9%)
7 52   (25.4%)
6 61   (29.8%)
5 40   (19.5%)
4 29   (14.1%)
3 1   (0.5%)
2 1   (0.5%)
1 3   (1.5%)
Board Game Expansion Ratings 22
Average Rating 6.36
10 3   (13.6%)
9 1   (4.5%)
8 1   (4.5%)
7 5   (22.7%)
6 3   (13.6%)
5 4   (18.2%)
4 5   (22.7%)
3 0   (0.0%)
2 0   (0.0%)
1 0   (0.0%)
Top 10
#1: Race for the Galaxy
#2: Magic: The Gathering
#3: Keyflower
#4: Prêt-à-Porter
#5: Battlestar Galactica
#6: The Manhattan Project
#7: Chicago Express
#8: Impulse
#9: Paperback
Hot 10
#1: Barbarossa
#2: Rococo
#3: Keyflower
#4: Prêt-à-Porter
#5: Impulse
#6: Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts
#7: Paperback
#8: Chicago Express
#9: Magic: The Gathering
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